St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. Shamrocks, rainbows, beer, leprechauns, green rivers, and everything lucky — this holiday has it all. Named after Saint Patrick, the most recognised patron saint (and snake remover) of Ireland, However for pets, St. Patrick’s Day can sometimes become unlucky and even dangerous for a number of reasons. Here are some guidelines for keeping your pet safe:
A little green beer on this holiday? Dogs should absolutely never be allowed access to beer or alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is toxic to pets and can make them extremely sick or even worse. If your dog insists on joining in the festivities, you can buy or make your own doggie beverage. Or, if you want a 6-pack beer-bottle feeling, buy a doggie-beer such as Dog Beer or Bowser Beer. These non-alcoholic, non-carbonated treats can be a fun novelty for the human family, and won’t harm the family dog. In general it’s best to always be on the lookout for natural, organic and chemical-free ways to keep your pet healthy and happy.
Wear green or be pinched! We do not recommend dyeing even the most Irish of Wolfhounds green, but if your leprechaun insists, make sure to use non-toxic, all-natural, non-permanent vegetable dye. Be certain the coloring won’t affect sensitive skin and is safe if your dog licks the fur after it’s dyed. Use a baby shampoo or formulated dog shampoo to wash that green right out of their hair.
At this time of year, there seems to be no shortage of St. Patrick’s Day costumes to adorn your pooch.After dressing your pet for the occasion, take a cute photo as soon as the outfit is on. Then if the costume becomes uncomfortable, you can undress your little shamrock and show the photo instead. Animals can become overheated when wearing clothing/costumes. Signs of overheating include panting, acting lethargic or looking anxious. Overheating occurs more rapidly if the pet is in the sun, on a hot day, or in a warm room. Offering plenty of fresh water, and a cool place in the shade can help, but if your pets seem hot or uncomfortable, let them get naked.
Parades and parties will be happening all around town. They can be overwhelming and even hazardous to your pet. When taking your pet to parties, communicate with the host or hostess to determine (a) if your pet is welcome and (b) if there will be a “no disturb” area or room for your pet if she becomes agitated. Make sure other guests aren’t tempted to offer unhealthy treats, foods or drink to your dog.Keep a sharp eye out for dangerous fatty foods like sausages
Remember that other houses may not be dog-proofed. Table surfing or bin picking in a bathroom or kitchen may be dangerously appealing to a dog. Pets at holiday parades should be leashed and properly restrained at all times for a parade of reasons.